April issue of The BV magazine is here 🙂

Inside this issue - angry farmers, happy potters, nightingales, rather a lot of equine...

A dog kills a lamb – should the farmer display it to walkers?

In the first of the April BV podcasts, we of course start with all the letters – including editor Laura's exciting news. Then, in...

Dorset bluebells walk | 8.8 miles

This is a lovely woodland walk at any time of year, but if you're looking for a Dorset bluebells walk, then this is the one...

Dorset Spring Show debut: crafts, demos, and family fun

The sun is actually shining, and spring has finally sprung in Dorset. With it comes the first-ever Dorset Spring Show – and this family-friendly...

The rise of artisan Sundays

Jules Bradburn’s market empire expands to Dorchester – the latest Dorset town to benefit from a new 200-stall Sunday artisan market Since the first monthly...

Stourton Caundle | Then and Now

Step back in time with our ‘Then and Now’ feature, where vintage postcards meet modern-day reality. Explore the past and present on the same...

A century ago in Thornford

This month Barry Cuff has chosen a couple of postcards of Thornford, near Sherborne: Sent in 1911 to Mr Y Jackman of Smart’s Heath in...

Stourpaine | Then and Now

Step back in time with our ‘Then and Now’ feature, where vintage postcards meet modern-day reality. Explore the past and present on the same...

A rare look at Winterborne Zelston

This month Barry Cuff has chosen a couple of postcards of Winterborne Zelston: ‘I have been collecting since 1974, and I have only ever...

Sturminster Marshall | Then and Now

The original toll round house stood in the angle between the Blandford and Wimborne roads, with the Poole road going off to the right....

A wander through Colehill Wimborne | POSTCARDS FROM A DORSET COLLECTION

This month Barry Cuff has chosen a couple of postcards of Colehill near Wimborne Minster. Sent initially to Titchfield, this postcard was forwarded on to...
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The BV magazine is a monthly digital publication which launched in August 2020, and it is in no way connected with the original, much-loved Blackmore Vale Magazine (owned by Reach PLC, and which ceased publication early the same year), nor with any other, more recently launched printed publication with a similar name. Never the free paper you pick up from the floor of the petrol station, The BV is the half hour read you spend a weekend coffee with.

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This is a significant year for Love Local Trust Local, building upon the momentum gained in 2023.As we have approached the...

How a small business in North Dorset took over the food world. As the 2024 Great Taste judging starts, Fanny Charles...

This meal is the one my eldest son requests when he comes home from Uni – thankfully it is ridiculously easy...

From hen parties to Gruffalo-themed painting, Sophie’s Pottery Cafe has swiftly become a community hub for fun creativity It was obvious there...

The alchemy of cookery with a 17th century adventurer and the secrets of some old Dorset kitchens – Fanny Charles Fifty years...

Dorset Farming

Future Farmer: 5-year-old Giles Apsey.

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Fowl play or cluckonomics?

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Much ado about many things

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Beware the tractors in town | Farm Tales

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‘No one should feel alone’

The NFU used its summer reception to shine a spotlight on the unique pressures on rural mental health, says county advisor Gemma Harvey The NFU...

Dorset Wildlife

The nightingale sang… on vanishing scrub

says wildlife writer Jane Adams They are part of our...

Skylarks of Fontmell Down

Boasting vibrant displays of chalk downland flowers and butterflies,...

Beyond fetch; Lucy Nolan’s training the dog owners | BV Podcast

One in three of us yearns to throw in...

Join the Birdwatch: is your garden bird-friendly?

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The littlest fox

The commonly found tawny mining bee doesn’t sting, isn’t...

Join the Birdwatch: is your garden bird-friendly?

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